Fire heavily damages Pickett Road home

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Fire heavily damaged a two-story house Wednesday in the South Square area. No one was hurt.
City firefighters were called at 11:51 a.m. to 2624 Pickett Road and saw flames coming from the roof, Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said.
The fire started in a second-floor bedroom and extended to the attic, causing severe damage to the entire attic and the second floor, Iannuzzi said.
There was heavy smoke and water damage to the first floor.
It took firefighters 25 minutes to extinguish the blaze.
The residents were not home at the time.
Because of Wednesday’s heat and the advanced stage of the fire, an extra fire truck was sent to allow for shorter work times and more breaks for crews.
Durham County EMS helped monitor firefighters to prevent heat-related injuries.
Twenty-eight firefighters responded to the call, and were on the scene for more than two hours.
The Red Cross was not notified.
The fire is being considered accidental and related to wiring, but the exact cause is being investigated, Iannuzzi said.